I was recently asked to make a sculptural proposal for a residential square in London, unfortunately the project was not realised. Previously I had been working on stone sculptures for the inside, where the light source is often subtle and controllable, carving rhythms in relief to draw attention to the individual qualities of a particular stone, these works formed the bulk of my exhibition at Canary Wharf in 2015. The exhibition was called “Land/Stone/Colour”. However the opportunity of being on this short list allowed me time to develop a different understanding.
The dimensions of the proposed piece are 2000 mm x 2000 mm x 2000 mm made from Portland stone consisting of a top cube from the purer Base bed 1500 mm x 1500 mm x 1500 mm and the bottom base in a different type of Portland stone with much more fossil/texture to re-emphasis the idea of earth and the derivation of the stone. The dynamic of the piece relies on the contrast between the simple statement of the pure solid buff white stone cube and the carved lines, echoing the gentle rhythms of southern downland, incised into its surface.
There are also architectural/classical associations: the relationship of Portland stone to the architectural history of London and the cube is one of the four Platonic solids, it represents the earth. Of relief carving and its potential for outside: how the strength of the carved drawing could be maintained against light conditions which are often extreme, contrary and very variable so that the sculptural presence of the work can be enhanced and not compromised.